The 4th Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards at ECIE 2018

Star Awards


Innovation and entrepreneurship skills are important issues which need to be mastered today to produce an effective 21st century society. Some universities offer degrees or other courses in these subjects, whilst others incorporate these topics in a variety of different degrees. But whatever approach the university takes these topics are quite challenging to teach, and also difficult to research. Courses and modules on these subjects are often quite theoretical and often they neither deliver the practical knowhow required nor do they inspire our students to become innovators or entrepreneurs.

Fortunately some good work is being done in this field in various parts of the world and this annual competition highlights such initiatives.

If you are involved in the teaching of innovation and/or entrepreneurship, we invite you to participate in the 4th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards to showcase new ideas and new approaches for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education institutions and in the organisational environment.

To enter the competition we ask you in the first instance to submit an abstract of up to 300 words using the online submission form describing the work you wish to draw to our attention to. If your work is suitable we will invite you to submit a case history of no more than 3000 words which will be considered as an entry to the competition. A panel of international adjudicators will evaluate the case histories.

Your full case history submission should be structured around the following headings:

  1. Introduction to the nature of the teaching/training initiative and its specific objectives
  2. The infrastructure i.e. people, systems, hardware, software etc. required to launch the initiative
  3. The challenges that were encountered, how they developed and how they were overcome
  4. How the initiative was received by the learners and other participants
  5. The learning outcomes that were achieved and how they were measured and evaluated
  6. Plans to further develop the initiative.

The judges will consider all submissions received by the closing date and authors of the top rated initiatives will be invited to register and attend the conference in Portugal on 20-21 September to present their case histories to the judges and conference participants. Finalists will also have their case histories published in a book and a prize will be awarded to the initiative judged to show the most creative thinking with regards teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission                                       5 April 2018

Notification of Abstract Acceptance            16 April 2018

Full Case History Submission                       26 May 2018

Finalists announced                                       5 July 2018


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ECIE 2017 Paris, France, – Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards Winners

Excellence Awards Finalists

1st Place

 Project Based Learning: Purpose, Passion, Potential
Sirhajwan Idek, Keningau Vocational College, Malaysia

2nd Place

Making Sprints Towards the Internet of Things Startu
Dimitry Shaytan, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

 Joint 3rd Place

Inventing Green: Integrating Sustainability into Innovation and Entrepreneurship Curriculum
Cindy Gilbert, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota, USA

Embedding Entrepreneurial Competencies in the Curriculum
David Gibson, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

ECIE 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland – Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards Winners

1st Place
New Enterprise Development
Eric Clinton, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland

Joint 2nd Place
Oamk LABs
Ulla-Maija Seppänen, Kari-Pekka Heikkinen and Blair Stevenson, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Gamification of Entrepreneurship Education Using Design Thinking
Rajiv Basaiawmoit, Aarhus University, Denmark

Joint 3rd Place
The Salesforce Business Systems Innovation Labs: A Storification/Social Media Approach for iGeneration Engagement 
Timothy Hill, San Jose State University, USA  

Learners Owning Entrepreneurship and Innovating Innovation Management: A Case Study
Tom Schmidt and Christelle Scharff, Pace University, Sara Thermer, Limassol Zok, NYU Tandon School Of Engineering, USA